For those who watched my stories a couple eves ago, I had an impromptu moment where I admitted my days lately have been a bit off...and yes, it has been one crazy month. Here’s the thing, we all have our own “stuff,” with our own set of challenges...all very important, & definitely all worthy of support. My story—as most of you know by now—just happens to include daily chronic pain.
I’ve worked very hard in my life over the years, to move through the challenges I face with a bit more self-compassion...yet I still have a lot of work to do. I will say, I have gotten pretty good at putting pain “off to the side”...in order to enjoy life. I’m alone a lot during my (M-F) days—which as I’ve mentioned—puts me in a position where I’m with my thoughts & feelings without much distraction. This can be dangerous (for me), if I am not highly aware of how I emotionally handle these physical issues.
I’ve had some days lately where the inflammation in my body has elevated, therefore causing a bit more pain in my hip/leg/foot/etc. I have a fairly firm idea of why this occurs, & am better at managing these flares today, with my doc’s support (holistic D.C.). I won’t sit here & say the pain doesn’t affect me...but I do feel mentally stronger today, versus even just a year ago. However, I admitted this week—both to my trainer & my doc—that I still struggle when something new and/or different occurs.
In short, while driving the other day with my dog Pearl, I had to stop incredibly fast to avoid hitting a car in front of me. It shook & scared me, but I didn’t feel whiplashed, yet I gripped Pearl so tight in order to secure her from flying. Fast forward an hour or two, & my entire left side—arm, elbow, trap, shoulder, & neck—was throbbing in pain. I spent several days nursing my muscles, trying to analyze the source of where it was coming from, until I got to my doc. Conclusion (thankfully): a major muscle pull...basically teres minor/lat/tricep insertion, which also affects the side of the neck a bit. I also threw my elbow out. Sounds dramatic, but it’s a MUSCLE pull, & I’ll be fine with treatment & a little time.
My point in sharing this? I immediately...(cont. in comments)🏻 - 2 hours ago